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Actons steer Sunday XI to victory

The Sunday XI secured a third North Devon League top-flight win of the season with an excellent all-round display.

It was skipper Eliot Acton who led from the front, batting at number five, the teenager struck his side’s top score of 83 and added 79 for the sixth wicket with his Uncle Rob Acton who contributed 37.

Indeed Acton Snr out scored his son, Saturday 1st XI skipper Ross who made 32. The other major contributions came from Haydn Murray who clocked up yet another half-century for the side as the innings closed on a commanding 289-8.

Victoria Park, who arrived at Kensham Park sitting bottom of the First Division with just two points to show from their first four outings, were then bowled out for 184. Young Acton used ten different bowlers to share the duties around and will have been delighted that his method worked so effectively.

It was particularly pleasing that 14-year old Jack Palmer should make his first appearance for the side, get a bowl, and do very well, finishing with a brace of wickets for 31 runs. The bowler with the biggest haul was Will Squire who took 3-24 and Mark ‘Budgie’ Perrott chipped in with another brace.

The win keeps the side very much in the title chase. With the benchmark being no more than two defeats the team are already ‘on the edge’, however, with everybody having lost at least once before June has begun there is every chance that the title-winning side this term may well end up losing as many as three games.

So Eliot Acton’s men cannot be discounted from the challenge to claim the top honour which has been in Mid Devon for both the past two seasons with Sandford winning it two years ago and then Heathcoat lifting the top honour last season.

P W L Td C Pts Average
Heathcoat 6 5 1 0 0 110 18.33
North Devon 4 3 1 0 0 70 17.50
Filleigh 4 3 1 0 0 66 16.50
Bradninch 5 3 2 0 0 78 15.60
Braunton 7 4 3 0 0 92 13.14
Bideford 5 2 3 0 1 53 10.60
Sandford 4 1 3 0 1 32 8.00
Morebath 2 0 2 0 0 8 4.00
Victoria Park 5 0 5 0 0 6 1.20